Psoriasis cream typically consists of synthetic ingredients, which can cause skin irritation, and can even lead to more serious side effects. However, it is possible to make your own psoriasis cream from natural oils that will penetrate and heal, without the use of damaging ingredients. Use this simple method to make your own homemade psoriasis cream.
Things You'll Need
- Shea butter
- Glass pan
- Apricot kernel oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Jojoba oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential oil
- Glass tub or jar with lid
Melt two teaspoons shea butter in a glass pan, if possible, over low temperature. Heat gently, just until the butter is completely melted, but don't boil or burn. Remove from heat. Shea butter will soothe and hydrate areas inflamed with psoriasis.
Add two tablespoons apricot kernel oil, two tablespoons evening primrose oil, two teaspoons jojoba oil, and ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil. Stir to combine. This is the base for your psoriasis cream.
Add 10 drops essential oil and stir to combine. The mixture should thicken slightly, and begin to form a psoriasis cream. Essential oils can penetrate the skin, and lent its healing properties to areas affected by psoriasis, so choose accordingly. (See tips below for suggestions.)
Transfer the mixture to a glass tub or jar. Label with the contents and date. The psoriasis cream should keep for up to two months, if placed in a cool, dry place. Discard after this time period, if it hasn't been used.
Apply the psoriasis cream directly to the affected areas. Repeat this treatment several times per day for best results. Continued use will produce noticeable results, but it may take days to weeks - depending on the severity of your condition.
Tips & Warnings
- Lavender, tea tree, sandalwood, or geranium essential oils may be substituted for use in the psoriasis cream.
- Find many of the oils you need at natural health stores in your area, or order them online from a reputable retailer.
- This psoriasis cream will not be a traditional "cream" as you know it, but will thicken slightly as the shea butter begins to cool.
- Photo Credit Slawomir Rodak, Wikimedia Commons, Patti Adair, Alicia Solario